This Dak Prescott kid? Looks like he can play.
Despite starting in his first career NFL road game, the rookie quarterback kept his composure and led the Dallas Cowboys to a 27-23 victory over the rival Washington Redskins. He completed 73.3 percent of his passes for 292 yards and no interceptions for an impressive passer rating of 103.8. He also recorded his first career rushing touchdown while leading Dallas to 432 total yards of offense.
But Prescott wasn’t alone. Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 83 yards while averaging 4.0 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown of his own. And after being relatively quiet in the Cowboys’ season-opening loss to the Giants, Dez Bryant busted loose for 102 receiving yards off of seven catches. Cole Beasley added another five receptions for 75 yards.
In what is seemingly becoming an annual affair, the Dallas Cowboys opened the 2016 regular season against a familiar opponent, the New York Giants. This marked the second straight year that the two have faced each other in the year’s first game and the fourth time in the last five campaigns.Overall, the Cowboys have opened a season nine times against their NFC East rivals and came into this one with a perfect 8-0 record. Well, make that 8-1, as Dallas fell 20-19 to the Giants in front of a sold-out crowd of 92,867 fans.
While nobody likes to lose, by falling to the rival Washington Redskins, 34-23, in front of a crowd of 90,127, Dallas only improved its positioning in the next NFL Draft, which in turn will hopefully lead to a better season in 2016.
Because this year was already a lost cause, the Cowboys having been eliminated from the playoffs two weeks earlier. And with the Redskins secure as the NFC East champion and the conference’s fourth seed, there was nothing much on the line in this tilt.
In the end, though, it was the Bills outlasting the Cowboys, 16-6, the Dallas offense again anemic and unable to score a touchdown with the team’s defense not up to the task in the end as well, unable to stop Buffalo when it needed to most.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The cynics will say that the season ended during the seven-game losing streak earlier this season, and the realists will point toward Thanksgiving as the day the Cowboys’ playoff chances faded.
Even the most hopeful optimist can’t deny it now, though. The Cowboys’ 19-16 loss to the Jets on Saturday night dropped them to 4-10, which — even in the dreadful NFC East – is enough to mathematically eliminate them from the postseason.
Although the Dallas Cowboys received a shot in the arm with the NFL debut of Kellen Moore behind center, in the end the team again lost the turnover battle and couldn’t hold a lead late in falling to the New York Jets, 19-16, in front of 90,345 fans.